Standards are a double-edged swordSubbu Allamaraju, CTO Expedia, https://m.subbu.org/lessons-from-2019-5beb64e63bc7 TL;DR: Standardisation reduces the dimensionality of a problem space thus eliminating possibilities for optimisation. Standards reduce the number dimensions of a problem space Consolidation initiatives aim at reducing the number of domains in a problem space in order to make problem handling easier: reduce the number … Continue reading The problem with standardisation
Any observed statistical regularity will tend to collapse once pressure is placed upon it for control purposes. Goodhart's law (source Wikipedia) Or, in other words, once you tell people "improve that KPI or else", that KPI will be abused to the point of becoming useless: the KPI will improve, but the overall quality/speed/cost (pick a … Continue reading Goodhart’s law
I watched Kevin Hale's presentation  "how to improve conversion rates" (with your UI) and liked his get-to-the-point style. I highly recommend watching the video and am summarizing the content here. I omitted a few parts of Hale's talk (eg. knowledge point and one push button) which, while encyclopedic and interesting, imho didn't advance the … Continue reading How to improve conversion rates
A pre-digital organisation focuses on efficient processes implementation; a digital organisation focuses on capabilities.
Tests in the context of software development have a surprisingly broad field of uses which exceeds "just" testing. Those further uses paint a more colourful picture of tests than just regression keepers. Tests as a component runtime: a test is the workbench on which the component is developed. Instead of constantly restarting an application server … Continue reading Tests are not just about testing
dilbert.com Technical debt is the amount of work needed to decrease the total cost of a product.Me The classical definition doesn't work Technical debt (TD) is intuitively easy to grasp as an inherent quality/complexity issue that makes a product hard to operate and change, which is a good description but not a good definition of … Continue reading Technical Debt
On those rare occasions when I arrive home at a God-fearing time, there is, sometimes, a Bulgarian Accordionist sitting in the neighbourhood playing familiar tunes. It's not the action-laden showmanship that compels one to stop and gaze at the spectacle nor the stereotypical French sailor (the kind I never have met in France) easily recognisable … Continue reading The Accordionist and the value of specifications